The performances will include works from guest artists Christina Robson, Simon Thomas-Train, Takehiro Ueyma and Alexander Whitley. RWU Dance Faculty members, France Hunter, Michael Bolger and Gary Shore created works to be performed in the concert. Pieces choreographed by senior dance majors Alicia Condon, Dakota Garilli, Christina Psychoyos, Julianne Rotondo, Ellie Valliere, Kelsie Way will also be presented. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for students and seniors.
Christina Robson graduated from the Roger Williams University Dance and Performance Studies Program in 2009. She has performed internationally as well as throughout the USA at venues including The Joyce, Joyce SoHo, Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, and American Dance Festival. She has had the opportunity to work for The Sean Curran Company, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, David Dorfman Dance, Heidi Henderson/Elephant Jane, Deganit Shemy, Kendra Portier, The Space We Make, and Alexandra Beller. She has been on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance, and Gina Gibney Dance. Rachel Rizzuto, the editor of Dance Teacher Magazine wrote the following about Christina as a performer, “She is – and I say this with full comprehension – the modern dancer to watch of this next generation. Her ability to mold herself to any number of choreographers’ styles with ease and detail is truly exceptional…It is nearly impossible to watch anyone else when she is on stage.”
Simon Thomas-Train, of Keene Valley, NY, began studying dance at the age of 20 after a long career as a nationally ranked cross-country ski racer. He received his BA in Dance and Architectural Studies from Middlebury College in 2009. He has since worked with Big Action Performance Ensemble, Satya Roosens/Studio Eclipse, Attack Theatre, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Tiffany Mills and most recently with David Dorfman Dance. He creates original work with his company The Space We Make
Takehiro “Take” Ueyama was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and moved to the United States in 1991 to study dance at the Juilliard School in New York City. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company, touring the world with them for 8 years. In 2003 Ueyama debuted his first choreographic work, Tsubasa, performed with fellow Taylor dancers at the McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz, NY, and in 2005 founded TAKE Dance. He has performed repeatedly as a guest artist with with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. His television and film credits include PBS’s Dance in America series (with the Taylor Company), Acts of Ardor, and Dancemaker, a film by dancer/choreographer Matthew Diamond. In 2005 Ueyama’s ‘s work, Sakura Sakura was a prizewinner at the International Modern Dance Choreographic Competition in Spain, and he was one of four choreographers selected for 2006 Free to Rep at FSU’s Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. In 2010 he was the first choreographer to win the S & R Foundation’s prestigious Washington Award.
Alexander Whitley was born in Penrith, U.K. He trained at the Royal Ballet School and has performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, Sydney Dance Company, Wayne McGregorRandom Dance and New Movement Collective, of which he is a founder-member. Throughout his career he has worked with such choreographers as Rafael Bonachela, Christopher Bruce, Michael Clark, Emanuel Gat, Siobhan Davies, Garry Stewart, Karole Armitage, Itsik Galili and Wayne McGregor. Alexander is an Affiliate Choreographer with the Royal Ballet, a New Wave associate artist at Sadler’s Wells theatre and has an Associate Company position at Rambert’s new South Bank building. Over the past three years he has participated in Sadler’s Wells’ Summer University choreographic course led by Jonathan Burrows. He has twice been nominated for the Critics' Circle National Dance awards and was shortlisted for the 2012 Arts Foundation choreographic fellowship. Alexander has choreographed for the Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and Wayne McGregorRandom Dance as well as creating work for the Royal Opera House’s Summer Collection and Exposure:Dance programmes. He has choreographed for the Discovery Channel with director Tim Meara, created Atelic, a short film, with Duckeye, collaborated with design artists Cohen Van Balen and is currently working with digital arts studio Marshmallow Laser Feast on The Measures Taken, a full length work for his own company.